Verizon announced last week that a software update coming to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge would activate WiFi calling for the handsets. Today, the carrier is pushing out the update along with additional features and fixes. Verizon’s variants of the two Samsung devices are also getting Live Broadcast and Hi-Fi audio support.
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Verizon has formally asked the FCC for permission to start enabling WiFi calling for handsets on its network, making it the second carrier to officially do so. AT&T was the first, applying for permission on October 6th after calling out Sprint and T-Mobile for skipping the FCC’s approval process. Read more
Republic Wireless aims to improve the quality of its service by harnessing the power of a WiFi network. The carrier has already allowed seamless transition when moving ongoing calls over a WiFi connection to its nationwide network; however, with ‘Project Salsa’, its latest experiment, customers are able to switch a call from Republic Wireless’ network to WiFi. Call quality obviously benefits from the strength of a WiFi network.
T-Mobile’s popular social media figure, Des on Twitter has subtly hinted that the WiFi calling update for the Nexus 6 could be rolling out starting today. His tweet said the following – “This is shaping up to be a very Happy Memorial day weekend… #Nexus6” Read more
A few carriers have announced plans for WiFi calling on their devices, and it looks like Verizon will follow suit. Unfortunately, the feature won’t be coming to the carrier anytime soon. Verizon’s Fran Shammo claims that Verizon still needs to do some of the technological legwork to make sure that WiFi calling is an acceptable experience, and since Verizon’s 3G coverage is one of the best around, they haven’t felt the need to urgently push WiFi calling. Still, they plan on deploying the feature at some point in the middle of 2015, which is almost a full year away.
In place of WiFi calling, Verizon has been hard at work rolling out VoLTE which offers a comparable experience to traditional 3G calling. There still aren’t many phones on Verizon’s network that support VoLTE or WiFi calling, so don’t expect a massive change overnight, even after Verizon allows WiFi calling next year.
source: Fierce Wireless
T-Mobile hosted the Un-carrier 7.0 event today bringing what they are calling “Wi-Fi Un-leashed.” Wi-Fi Unleashed brings Wi-Fi calling and texting to every Simple Choice customer, and they are including it on every smartphone they sell. What happens if you don’t have a phone that is Wi-Fi calling and texting capable? Well assuming you’re already a T-Mobile customer, they are offering you an exclusive enrollment window in JUMP!, which is their upgrade program.
If you don’t have a wireless router, or your current one sucks, T-Mobile will give you one made by ASUS called a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot. It has a unique patent-pending technology that prioritizes voice calls for HD voice.
Owners of the Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, get over to the Software Update menu. The Samsung flagship from 2013 is getting an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings international WiFi calling to the device. The GS4 is the first Sprint device to get the international WiFi calling update. Now, owners of the device can place or receive international calls over a WiFi network while traveling abroad in what Sprint says amasses more than 100 countries.
Sprint does intend on extending this feature to other devices as the year progresses.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Sprint will be rolling out an update to two LG devices. The update brings the carrier’s WiFi Calling feature that literally allows customers to place calls and send messages over a WiFi network at no extra charge. Assuming the WiFi network being used is stable, improved quality can be expected. The international aspect of this feature will also launch in the coming weeks.
The two devices receiving the update are the G3 and G Flex. An update notification will appear for those devices and a download will begin when accepted. Once complete, install and WiFi Calling is almost ready to go. A WiFi Calling app will be placed in the Apps folder for setup. Sprint currently offers WiFi Calling for many devices from Samsung and HTC already while intending to expand the offering to many more devices through the rest of 2014.
Let us know when you receive the update.
After previously seeing the upcoming Nexus 4 on T-Mobile will likely not have WiFi calling, it appears that it will after all. T-Mobile Support recently outlined the full data features of the devices and lo and behold– full WiFi calling is indeed supported. All that’s needed is for T-Mo customers to get a specialized GBA SIM card, register a 9-1-1 address and turn on the phone’s WiFi and connect to a WiFi network. All in all— while the pricing of the device is somewhat absurd on-contract, at least T-Mo customers will be able to save many of those precious monthly talk minutes which is a good thing, right?
source: T-Mobile Support